Ely, Minnesota

  • #12 in America’s Top 20 Fishing Towns
  • Named in National Geographic's "World's Best Towns for Outdoor Thrills,” a distinguished list of nine worldwide destinations
  • Expedia named dog sledding in Ely, Minnesota as one of 16 adventures to add to your bucket list
  • Ely is a popular entry point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, selected by National Geographic as one of 100 best American Adventure Trips
  • Expedia named Ely as one of 20 places to find beautiful sunsets
  • Was named "Coolest Small Town in America" by Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, a national magazine

Elyite - (EE-lee) -ite

/noun/ A person whose passion for Ely, Minnesota and the surrounding community compels that individual to call it home

Welcome to Ely, MN. A small town at the end of the road in northeastern Minnesota.  A town shaped around family values, rich culture, and everyday adventure.  A place unaffected by the hyper pace of urban America.  A place where your family, friends, and neighbors feel safe every day.  A town with a community who selflessly works together to make life better for all.  A place where the citizens can still steer the development of the city to fit their ideals and dreams. A place where Elyite’s gather and connect to develop a better and more simple way of life.


Elyites enjoy breathtaking sunrises to begin their days and stunning sunsets to bring them to a close. They enjoy the calm, quiet environment around them.  The wildlife that traverse their yards are akin to house pets.  They especially enjoy how easy it is to get away from the stresses of everyday life.


Elyites end their work day and within minutes can be on the water looking to catch the next lunker or a fresh caught dinner.  Within minutes they are out on a relaxing walk through the woods or a rigorous hike or they have embarked on their next big adventure into the vast Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They have gathered their family and are hanging out at a beach or playground and they have already begun harvesting berries, wild mushrooms, or wild game.


Elyites have been living this way for generations.  They understand that everyday is a vacation when you live in this wonderful area.  


Many Elyites were just on their way through when they fell in love with this way of life.  There is something magical when you discover Ely that is the place you want to call home.

Ely, Minnesota where everyday is a vacation.

Are you an Elyite?